Sheriff John T. Chance has his hands full after arresting Joe Burdette for murder. He knows that Burdette's brother Nathan, a powerful rancher, will go to any lengths to get him out of jail. Chance's good friend Pat Wheeler offers to help but within 20 minutes of making the offer is gunned down in the street, shot in the back. That leaves his elderly deputy Stumpy, the town drunk Dude - once a deputy and a pretty good shot when he was sober - and a young hand, Colorado, who used to work for Wheeler. Nathan Burdette meanwhile has a couple of dozen men at his disposal. Chance does his best to prepare all the while romancing a pretty gamblers who goes by the name of Feathers. Written by
Old Stumpy...no teeth...one leg...but all the rest was guts...
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Did You Know?
When the film was released it was widely commented that Dean Martin
should have played the romantic lead instead of John Wayne
. See more
During the final gunfight, when Stumpy throws the Dynamite for Dude, and Dude says, "I didn't allow for the wind ", his lips never move. See more
John T. Chance
Joe, you're under arrest.
Referenced in Le bassin de J.W.
Music and Lyrics by Unknown
Performed by Ricky Nelson
, Walter Brennan
and Dean Martin See more